Rector explains factors affecting polytechnic education in Nigeria

The Rector, Kwara state Polytechnic (Kwarapoly), Ilorin, Engineer Abdul Jimoh Mohammed, has attributed poor funding, inadequate monitoring of research projects and irregular staffing as part of factors militating against contribution of polytechnic education to national development in the country.

He therefore calls for more commitments from stakeholders.

The Rector expressed these views while speaking during an interactive session with newsmen on the first year of his administration in Ilorin, the state capital.

Engineer Mohammed also listed unfavourable public perception of polytechnic education and inadequate reward system for lecturers as some other factors militating against polytechnic education in Nigeria, saying that, “if there’s punishment for erring staff, why not reward for productive staff?”

According to him, the institution is working towards having reward for productive staff starting from next year adding that it also plan to make it an elaborate event, because if there’s punishment for erring staff, there should be a reward system for hardworking and productive staff.

“Public perception of polytechnic education is another challenge militating against polytechnic education in the country. An average Nigerian will prefer to pay N250, 000 as university education fees per semester than N60, 000 for polytechnic education fees of same period. And this is not because what we do here is not good or our staff are inferior. Most of our staff have the highest education qualification in the world, which is doctorate degrees from reputable institutions, but the public perception of the polytechnic education is part of the problems. Calling you a professor is just by the way of practice. And until public perception of the lecturers and students is changed, by you and I, including operators of polytechnic education, the situation will continue”, he said.

The Rector, who said that his one year in office has witnessed various developments in the institution, added that the school had also responded to societal challenges and improved its internally generated revenue (IGR).

“As part of commitment to improve the IGR, we introduced a scheme tagged, #one department-one patentable and commercialisable product. This scheme gave birth to hand sanitizer and germicide hand wipe from Department of Science Laboratory Technology. The pedal operated hand washing machine, a product of Department of Mechanical Engineering. Another product (fumigation chamber) will soon be launched by the Department of Electrical Engineering”, he said.

He also said that his administration had succeeded in blocking some financial leakages in such areas as school fees collection, payment of certificates and wage bill, adding that N4million was saved monthly in wage bills.

The rector said that those involved in the acts are currently facing disciplinary actions.

He announced that the institution has put necessary machineries in motion to float a Microfinance bank before the end of the year as part of efforts to boost its internally generated revenue.

Source: Voice of Nigeria